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José Ramón Alonso Lorea

José Ramón Alonso Lorea is an art historian. He is a graduate of the University of Havana, where he pursued studies in popular art, art theory and practice, anthropology, and archaeology, cultural advancement, conservation, restoration, and museology. He has been a professor of art history at the University of Havana, and a researcher and curator in the Department of Research and Curation at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. He has spoken at conferences in Cuba, Colombia, and Spain, and has published articles on art and culture in journals and magazines in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Spain. He has collaborated on projects by the Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos and the Centro Español de Estudios de América Latina, both in Madrid. He is the author, coordinator, and editor of the digital project Estudios Culturales 2003.

Prehistoric Art in Punta del Este, Cuba

In 1937, archaeologists explored a cave in Punta del Este and documented petroglyphs found there. Art historian José Ramón Alonso Lorea presents some rarely seen photographs taken in the cave, and discusses the importance of this site.

Photographic Discoveries Shed New Light on MoMA’s Modern Cuban Painters

73 years after the landmark exhibition opened in March 1944, art historian José Ramón Alonso Lorea takes a detailed look at images shot by MoMA’s staff photographer, Soichi Sunami. His findings offer unexpected insights into the exhibition and its layout.

Historical Close-Up, Part 3: More on Maria Luisa Gómez Mena

In the past few weeks, we’ve taken a close look at Cuban art in the 1940s, through Alejandro Anreus’s article on the 1944 MoMA exhibition Modern Cuban Painters and José Ramón Alonso Lorea’s article on Maria Luisa Gómez Mena and her Galería del Prado. Now, Alonso Lorea zeroes in on Gómez Mena’s role in the MoMA exhibition and the influential book that accompanied it.

Historical Close-Up Part 2: Spotlight on María Luisa Gómez Mena

Earlier this month, we presented Alejandro Anreus’s reflection on the 1944 MoMA exhibition Modern Cuban Painters. Now, historian José Ramón Alonso Lorea brings us a closer look at one of the most influential figures in Cuban art of the 1940s, and a prime mover behind the MoMA show: the little-known cultural patron and gallerist María Luisa Gómez Mena.